$0-$20

Nirai Kanai Okinawan Restaurant, Liang Court, Clarke Quay

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Okinawan Restaurant should be renamed O.K.iwanna. Go. And. Eat. Everyday. The decor imitates a hut and Huccalily had been to a restaurant in Tokyo that looked similar to this, complete with clothes hangers. (In fact, it was her Japanese friends who brought her to the Tokyo restaurant, known only to locals).

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Jushi Onigari ($6)

The menu is longer than a short story, pages and pages which may be confusing. There are so many dishes, stir-fried, simmered, deep-fried, fish, pork and in miso broth. Very different from your usual sushi and sashimi Japanese food. Okinawan food seemed to be more focussed on cooking, especially simmering, and pork dishes.

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Cold Noodle with Sesame Sauce ($13.60)

We went at a not-three-not-four (不三不四) time, after lunch but not yet dinner. So we didn’t order much. The cold noodle had a sesame sauce that was thick, creamy and sweet, used in some of the Japanese salads. The noodles were soggy (which is how I like my noodles) and the crunchy vegetables provided a textural contrast. Cooling to eat in Singapore’s weather.

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Simmered Pork-Belly Soup Noodle ($6.60/$8.80)

A very tiny serving of pork-belly soup noodle was equally excellent but may take a few mouthfuls to discover its wonder. Not your usual powerful ramen broth, the broth was subtle like a fleet-footed thief in the night. Before you know it, it has crept and possessed you.

This is really a great restaurant and we’d like to return and try more dishes.

Nirai Kanai Okinawan Restaurant

177 River Valley Road
#B1-01 Liang Court Shopping Centre
T: 6339 4811

M-F: 12-3pm; 6-11pm
S&S:12-11pm

Rating: 3.639/5 stars

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  1. Yes, this place is definitely worth return visits. When I was still working in Singapore, I used to go there every week (sometimes twice) to get my fix. I especially like the unagi fried rice – they are very generous with the eel pieces and the plump Japanese grains go well with the savory sauce from the unagi (like a unagi don but less wet and with a subtle smoky taste). The cold tofu is nice too, it practically “dissolves” in the mouth.

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